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. if a crisis can be averted. if democrats and republicans can come to an agreement on the big fight that has been frankly smothering american politics for weeks now. president obama announced earlier today that he wants to see a deal done by tomorrow on the big debt ceiling fight that has consumed every bit of oxygen in d.c. for the last few months. the president saying tonight that congressional leaders are on the clock. they have 24 to 36 hours to get a deal done. as planning a vote that the u.s. government should not default on our debt and shut down comes down to the wire, we are inching close enough to the edge here that two of the world's major credit rating agencies have warned that our national credit rating may be downgraded as a result of this standoff. the day that the u.s. would actually hit the debt ceiling and start going into default and shutting down is august 2. but this does not mean that we have until august 2 before we lose our national credit rating. that could just happen right now. because of the uncertainty and because of how long it is taking to get this done. right
, though, but not always. every once in a while, big american political change comes not from washington, but from the states. and today is one of those days. in the 1973, the supreme court said states could no longer ban abortions. today, one state just about did anyway. just over two years ago, a doctor named george tiller was murdered by an anti-abortion extremist. he shot dr. tiller in the head at dr. tiller's church in wichita. killed him instantly. since then, the late doctor's clinic in central kansas has been closed. the first doctor who said she would start providing abortion services again in that part of the state, she has been hounded by anti-abortion protesters. they have protested outside her family practice in wichita. they have protested outside her home. she's been targeted by wanted poster style emails, wanted posters calling her a mass murderer. she also got a letter telling her one day there would be a bomb under her car, that the anti-abortion activists would do anything they could to stop her. so she has not been able to open a practice providing abortions in wichit
. it's kind of incredible. i think it's been easy to lose sense of the big picture here, but the further you get away from what just happened, the bigger perspective you take on it, the more incredible it is. 70 times to raise the debt ceiling. raising the debt ceiling is something that happens as a matter of course. it's a run of the mill no headline kind of event. >> this is really housekeeping, tim. this has nothing to say, nothing to do with future spending. this simply reflects decisions made in the past and it ought to be treated like the housekeeping matter it is. >> george w. bush's budget director, mitch daniels, explaining the bush administration hoped raising the debt ceiling would be handled by congress as a housekeeping matter. that's how it was handled over the last decade. in the george w. bush administration, congress raised the ceiling seven separate times. among the republicans raising their current tantrums among john boehnor, eric canton, mitch mcconnell, jon kyl, collectively they passed 19 votes during the bush administration to raise the debt ceili
and had to do them later. this is another leader who made a big show of imposing new rules for the house, that every time they'd propose spending they'd have to propose cutting to offset, then with the very first bill he introduces, he violates his own rule. this is the house speaker who does photo-ops like this one. >> when we say we're going to cut spending, this is what we're doing, heard saying to himself i can't believe i just said that. again, it's his own press conference. nobody said mr. speaker, can we read your lips on this? he brought it up, repeating the most famous republican screw up line in the last 40 years, unforced error, own goal again. here he is on fox news last night talking about the need to raise the debt ceiling. >> so what is next? what if you don't get a deal? >> i don't know. >> third in line to the presidency, speaker of the house. dunno. whether or not you agree with john boehner on policy, whether or not you think john boehner on policy is right or wrong, whether or not you want him to succeed politically or you don't want him to succeed politically, john b
for bob gate whose big going away sceremony was held at the pont gone. he's spent 45 years in the government serving eight different presidents, and one of the most striking things about his last tour of service is his insistence that some other part of the government do some of the nation's work around the world aside from the u.s. military. bob gates is a republican. he's kind of republican hulk. this is bob gates. but as defense secretary, he's talking about how bad it is for the country. the u.s. is flexing our military muscles and essentially allowing all our other muscles to atrophy. three months into the obama controversy, he was lobbying senators, asking them for more money, not for the defense department, not for his own department, but for the state department. democratic supporters said this, but the insintant lobbying by bob gates on the part of the state department may be fear naught. it's been put on the chopping block again and again by republicans, and frankly, we don't even argue about it anymore. even from the secretary of st e state, even when the immens
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